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University: Kingston University / History of Ideas degree

New Blood Art Statement

The familiar front of a high rise at dusk swells with cascading light. Each window block correlates into a soft patchwork pattern, breaking up the regimented architecture of steel and glass to orchestrate a painterly consideration of buildings that dominate the city’s landscape. Keith Robinson’s paintings seem to lie between Georgia O’Keefe’s romanticized depiction of New York skyscrapers and the De Stijl school of abstract painters, whose ‘concrete’ paintings contain a sense of rhythm in their shape and form. His thin and fluid palette creates a dense and shimmering mirage on canvas, playfully contradicting the very structures he is representing.

Artist Statement

I paint Tower / Office Block's for their ubiquity and banality. They are everywhere. They are at best ignored, at worst seen as eyesores. They are seldom loved. It is the visual relationship we have with them that interests me. Do I want others to notice them? Not really, I have no feelings towards them. It is their gridded structure, formed from utility, that I like as it imposes a recognisable structure to the paintings, then I can play with colour and paint application as the paintings develop. Sometimes I will refer to the time of day when I viewed the Block, sometimes I will use other artists work as colour reference, and sometimes I will create evolving colour relationships and applications within the grid.

The History Revision portraits are painted on the material I use to clean my brushes, my own painting history. The subjects are taken from black and white photographs of children and youths whose childhood has been compromised and polluted through ideology, poverty or war. The portraits are consciously painted with all such pollutants erased so the subjects are seen as childhood only. I paint Tower / Office Block's for their ubiquity and banality. They are everywhere. They are at best ignored, at worst seen as eyesores. They are seldom loved. It is the visual relationship we have with them that interests me. Do I want others to notice them? Not really, I have no feelings towards them. It is their gridded structure, formed from utility, that I like as it imposes a recognisable structure to the paintings, then I can play with colour and paint application as the paintings develop. Sometimes I will refer to the time of day when I viewed the Block, sometimes I will use other artists work as colour reference, and sometimes I will create evolving colour relationships and applications within the grid.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2011, A Private View, gallery63A, Kingston-upon-Thames 

Group Exhibitions

2016, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition,  National Portrait Gallery, London  
2014, The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition Mall Galleries, London
2014, National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London.
2014, ArtGemini Prize, Rebbeca Hossacks, London
2013, The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries, London
2013, Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries, London
2012, The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition Mall Galleries, London
2012, The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries, London
2011, Gallery63A Summer Exhibition Kingston-upon-Thames
2011, A Private View Solo Exhibition Gallery63A, Kingston-upon-Thames  
2010, Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2009, Mystery Portrait Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London
2008, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition,  National Portrait Gallery, London  
2008, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2008, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery November
2008, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre  
2007, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
2007, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
2007, B.P. Portrait Award Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2007, Kingston Contemporary Open Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston-upon-Thames
2006, Kingston Contemporary Open Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston-upon-Thames

Original works:

History Revision 7

By Keith Robinson

£350

History Revision 8

By Keith Robinson

£350

Yellow Tower

By Keith Robinson

£850

Blue Tower

By Keith Robinson

£850

Green Tower

By Keith Robinson

£850

The Tower #30

By Keith Robinson

£500

History Revision 3

By Keith Robinson

£375

History Revision 1

By Keith Robinson

£350

History Revision 2

By Keith Robinson

£350

History Revision 4

By Keith Robinson

£350

History Revision 5

By Keith Robinson

£350

History Revision 6

By Keith Robinson

£300

History Revision Decades

By Keith Robinson

£1200

Arts Tower, Short

By Keith Robinson

£250

The Tower, larger, dusk

By Keith Robinson

£850

International House

By Keith Robinson

£2500

Claude and Hannibal 2

By Keith Robinson

£1500

Claude and Hannibal 3

By Keith Robinson

£1500

Graham in Maputo #2

By Keith Robinson

£220

The Tower (at eight o'clock)

By Keith Robinson

£550

Office Block Opposite Tate Bri...

By Keith Robinson

£1400

Hannibal Dusk West Bottom

By Keith Robinson

£700

The Tower of Fountain Praise

By Keith Robinson

£1000

Graham in Maputo #1

By Keith Robinson

£220

Hannibal Dusk West Top

By Keith Robinson

£700

The Tower # 26

By Keith Robinson

£500

The Tower # 28

By Keith Robinson

£220

The Tower # 27

By Keith Robinson

£275

The Tower Pencil

By Keith Robinson

£400

Fairfield # 1

By Keith Robinson

£650

Fairfield # 2

By Keith Robinson

£650

22-27

By Keith Robinson

£1000

Tower Block LCC

By Keith Robinson

£900

The Library # 4

By Keith Robinson

£220

The Library # 1

By Keith Robinson

£220

The Library # 2

By Keith Robinson

£220

The Library # 3

By Keith Robinson

£220

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11:00 Wednesday

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Eden House

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The Tower #29

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